University of Wisconsin–Madison
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The Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) provides culturally relevant and transformative arts programming to promote positive social dialogue and to give cultural art forms a legitimate academic forum. By harnessing the broad cultural influence of spoken word, hip hop and emerging as well as traditional art forms, OMAI initiatives create learning environments that improve retention and graduation success and prepares future leaders to reinvest in their communities. By continually refreshing this paradigm that integrates traditional academics and cutting edge arts activism, OMAI empowers transnational leaders with new tools for inclusive community building Founded in 2005, OMAI is a unit of the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives
239 Red Gym
716 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 890-1006

Adey Assefa
Assistant Director / Academic Advisor

228 Red Gym
716 Langdon St.
(608) 890-3434

Rain Wilson
Artistic Director

244 Red Gym
716 Langdon St.
(608) 890-0238

Gia P. Euler-Plath
Outreach Coordinator

239 Red Gym
716 Langdon St.
(608) 890-1006

Amaud Johnson
Faculty Director

Helen C. White Hall